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Analysis and comments on Alone by Maya Angelou

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Comment 40 of 120, added on January 12th, 2010 at 10:27 PM.

Alone is a great poem about the necessity of human connection. It's very
straightforward, but still has a deep and important message; we cannot go
through the difficulties of life without strong relationships and love.
Otherwise, we self-destruct. I noticed a few posts mentioning a connection
to a god, but I don't see any evidence of this in the poem. Angelou is
likely religious, but I just don't see that connection in the poem itself.
It is the fact that happiness does not come through material means, but
through deep connections with other people.

Mr. C from Canada
Comment 39 of 120, added on October 5th, 2009 at 4:01 PM.

I enjoy this poem because it seems as though she is being real. She
expresses her self through this poem and its easy for people to understand.
I can relate to this poem and i've loved maya angelou for a long time now.
God bless maya.

Rikki from United States
Comment 38 of 120, added on September 15th, 2009 at 1:25 PM.

This poem is deeper than meets the eye i believe. If you read Maya
Angelou's Biography, she has not had the best of life's from having to cope
with the world as it was with rasicm and other of lifes difficulties in
which that braught with it. This poem is deffinatly what she has been
through, experienced and now reflecting from what she has seen. I agree
with Jon Raduazzo in which temporary pleasure is met through money and
trophy wifes, but it will never fill that empty space of having others
there for you. I also agree with Carrie Wade in which has said that the
human race cannot live alone as individuals in isolation. Maya in the poem,
is then stressing about the way we treat other, maybe this is evident from
the line 'storm clouds are gathering'. And also 'the race of man is
suffering'.

overall, although i am only 17 years of age, this poem is that powerfull in
its own way, it can touch out to me, an individual in which does not have a
general interest in poetry, but can give me the message of what i have
described i think this poem is about.

Kane Humphrey from United Kingdom
Comment 37 of 120, added on May 26th, 2009 at 9:50 AM.

i love love maya all her poems i feel lyk they talking
2me.

mbali west from South Africa
Comment 36 of 120, added on March 7th, 2009 at 12:53 AM.

Lying, thinking

Last night

How to find my soul a home

Where water is not thirsty

And bread loaf is not stone

I came up with one thing

And I don't believe I'm wrong

That nobody,

But nobody

Can make it out here alone.


Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.


There are some millionaires

With money they can't use

Their wives run round like banshees

Their children sing the blues

They've got expensive doctors

To cure their hearts of stone.

But nobody

No, nobody

Can make it out here alone.


Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.


Now if you listen closely

I'll tell you what I know

Storm clouds are gathering

The wind is gonna blow

The race of man is suffering

And I can hear the moan,

'Cause nobody,

But nobody

Can make it out here alone.


Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.

gracie from United States
Comment 35 of 120, added on February 24th, 2009 at 5:23 AM.

ohh ; )
this poem is so true i really love this... n luv Maya Angelou..

JMC from United States
Comment 34 of 120, added on September 14th, 2008 at 7:46 PM.

I think there is more meaning than just saying that a person can't live
alone, I think she means that we as a people can't live without the other
people of this world...I think she means that even if you have a great life
with a great wife and a great family you still need to exsist in the
company of humanity. That is why I think she mentions that the human race
is suffering and she hears it moaning from the pain of racism and
separation due to other prejudice. No race or culture or religious
organization can live in isolation from the rest of humanity.

Carrie Wade from United States
Comment 33 of 120, added on June 17th, 2008 at 5:30 PM.

I believe that this poem is discussing how a person cannot live life
without companions in both loving family and friends and faith in God.
Money and trophy wives can give you temporary pleasure, but in the end
youll still end up alone. And no one but no one can make it alone. A person
needs to sharing a loving bond with others and the presence of God will
always be with them and give them something to live for.

Jon Raduazzo from United States
Comment 32 of 120, added on May 14th, 2008 at 4:00 PM.

nice poem

charde wright from United States
Comment 31 of 120, added on April 4th, 2007 at 7:04 PM.

this poem is so true i really love this it reminds me of my od lady i LOVE
it

dexter from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Alone
Added: Apr 13 2005
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